Students interested in sports broadcasting can get practical experience while earning a bachelor's or master's degree from a top school. Learn about a handful of well-regarded schools and specialized sports broadcasting programs that they offer.
Sports broadcasting is a competitive field that requires participants to have specialized journalism training coupled with a strong knowledge of the sports world. Several schools and colleges offer sports broadcasting coursework for journalism students, including the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Webster University, and Ball State University. Explore these three U.S. News & World Report-ranked schools and their programs.
University of Illinois
The College of Media at the U of I is one of just 111 schools accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC).
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a large research institution, was ranked tied for #44 among all national universities by U.S. News & World Report in 2017. Urbana-Champaign is one of three campuses that make up the larger University of Illinois. Within the College of Media, the Journalism Department offers a bachelor's program with a broadcast journalism sequence that covers television, radio, and multimedia reporting. Students have the opportunity to take elective courses in sports reporting as well.
Webster University in Missouri
Webster University includes over 60 U.S. and worldwide campuses. U.S. News & World Report listed Webster University tied for #24 on its Best College list for Midwest regional universities. The university offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs.
Within Webster's School of Communications, students can pursue a broadcast and digital journalism degree. They study production techniques, broadcast reporting and on-air appearance performance. They can also choose to complete a specific sports broadcasting course. This program focuses on professional development and can include an internship. Students who pursue Webster's sports journalism certificate will get hands-on training in the field.
Ball State University in Indiana
Ball State tied for #176 on the U.S. News & World Report list of best national universities. The university offers a bachelor's and master's degree in telecommunications. Undergraduates can choose from one of seven areas of specialization including digital production in sports. The Department of Telecommunications offers students a combined news operation and a student-run radio station. The school also boasts 58 regional Emmy awards. Ball State University earned awards for top digital sports media program from the Sports Video Group.
Top Sports Broadcasting Programs
Here we discuss a few other top schools and their unique sports broadcasting programs:
|Columbia College||Chicago, IL||Allows multimedia journalism majors to specialize in broadcasting and participate in internships and the student-run television and radio programs|
|Hofstra University||Hempstead, NY||Has a radio station, WHRU, that is ranked #1 by Princeton Review in 2015 and is the only college station to be the flagship station for a professional sports team (the New York Islanders)|
|Indiana University||Bloomington, IN||Offers a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology (BSK) with a sport communication-broadcast specialization as a joint offering by the Department of Kinesiology and the Department of Telecommunications|
|University of Georgia||Athens, GA||Home to the John Huland Carmical Distinguished Professor in Sports Journalism and Society|
|University of North Texas||Denton, TX||Allows students in the Converged Broadcast Media bachelor's degree program have access to sports broadcast electives and award-winning student cable television and radio stations|
Aspiring sports broadcasters can pursue undergraduate and/or graduate degree programs from several top institutions, including the University of Illinois. These top programs are unique and vary greatly in the learning opportunities, facilities, and degree specializations that they offer students.